The Gouverneur Museum is open Wednesdays and also Saturdays by appointment. Call Joe Laurenza at 315-323-2654. Masks and social distancing will be required. The history of Gouverneur is well represented by the hundreds of artifacts you will see on the three floors of the main building and the outbuilding. Admission is always free.
You can also visit the Gouverneur Museum virtually… using our mobile app. It was built for mobile devices, but can still be experienced with a computer.
The Museum in "The Manse"
The Gouverneur Museum has artifacts on three floors, an exhibit building outside, an Annex at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds, and an authentic one room schoolhouse.
The museum's collection was built from local donations and every object speaks to us from the past and links us to the real people who once owned it. Thanks to the generosity of area residents, the Museum houses thousands of items, many are quite unique.
The Museum's main building was built in 1904 and was once a three story Victorian home, the Presbyterian Manse. "The Manse" was purchased by the Historical Association in 1974 and opened as a museum on July 4, 1976.
In 2015, the First Presbyterian Church building next door, along with the Manse, were placed on the National Historical Registry. Read more about the history of Gouverneur's First Presbyterian Church.
New! The Really Big Show... case
The museum recently acquired a large and beautiful exhibit showcase. It is in the Meeting Room and will feature a variety of unique or thematic displays.
Currently on exhibition,
meet Lea Dickson's
Vintage toy collection.
The Fry Family: Black Pioneers of Gouverneur
The Fry family lived in Gouverneur for over 60 years. Who was Flora Fry?
Why was she given a Gerritt Smith land grant when women in New York State would not be able to vote until 1918?
What became of her four children raised in Gouverneur?
Learn about an unrecognized black civil war veteran from Gouverneur.
Bryan Thompson, DeKalb, NY Historian presented a talk about the Fry family on September 23, 2021 at the Gouverneur Community Center. Watch the Video
Many individuals have contributed to the Gouverneur community. These sixteen profiles give you a glimpse into the lives and backgrounds of some of our historical benefactors.
Gouverneur History Online
The books are also available for purchase in the Museum Shop. However, no copies of the Sesqui-Centennial History are available, but you can read the full text here at the Museum's website.
A History 1805-1890
by Jane A.W. Parker
1805 - 1955